How Do You Preserve History On The Moon? : NPR

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 09:03
Historic preservationists are hoping that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this summer will persuade the United Nations to do something to protect Neil Armstrong's footprints in the lunar dust. Some of his boot marks are still up there, after all, along with other precious artifacts from humanity's first steps on another world. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left behind tools and science equipment, a plaque that read, "We came in peace for all mankind," and the U.S.

Archivist who skipped work for a decade without anyone noticing spent his free time running a male brothel and drawing erotic comics.

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 09/27/2018 - 15:49
He was paid a 50,000 euro ($80,000) salary as an archives director in Valencia’s provincial government, would show up to the office every morning at 7:30am to clock in using the fingerprint scanner before heading home, only returning to the office at 3:30pm to clock out. He kept up the routine for 10 years before colleagues began to raise suspicions.

CBC is destroying its broadcast archives after they’re digitized

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:10
But internationally accepted standards and best practices of audiovisual preservation call for retention of originals, due to the unknown characteristics of digitization, such as long-term stability and vulnerability to electromagnetic interference, the foundation said. It also questioned why Radio-Canada was preserving its master recordings after making digital copies but CBC had opted to rely only on digital copies. “Such inequitable treatment of cultural treasures is not acceptable,” said Wilkinson.

What To Do With Memorial Tributes To Victims of Gun Violence

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:31
Dallas is among the cities where archivists are curating shrines that surfaced after tragedies. The question: How to preserve a part of history? Story from The New York Times.

The archive is not about what happened that night, but about “the outpouring of love from the citizens — from the world — that happened afterward,” said Jo Giudice, the director of Dallas’s public library system. Tributes surged into Dallas soon after a gunman opened fire during a protest last summer.

The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:05
These days, nearly all of the films from all of the major studios are shot and edited digitally. Like Lubezki, filmmakers have switched to digital because it allows a far greater range of special effects, filming conditions, and editing techniques. Directors no longer have to wait for film stock to be chemically processed in order to view it, and digital can substantially bring down costs compared with traditional film.

The Future of the Past: Modernizing the New York Times Archive

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 21:54
While our original goal was to modernize our digital archive, the migration project has led to opportunities for future projects to engage our readers in our treasure trove of historical news data.
From The Future of the Past: Modernizing the New York Times Archive - The New York Times